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Bread and Circuses in Sci-Fi Films

Lecture no. 12 from the course: A Historian Goes to the Movies: Ancient Rome

Bread and Circuses in Sci-Fi Films

Taught by Professor Gregory S. Aldrete | 35 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

The Hunger Games, The Matrix, The Running Man, Rollerball, Ready Player One—each of these wildly different sci-fi films derive their premise from a line of poetry by the ancient Roman satirist Juvenal. How has a simple motif about “bread and circuses” powered some of the most memorable sci-fi plots in cinema?


January 17, 2020
very entertaining